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The Big Breakfast in photos, an appeal from Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue (with local interest) and an Art Exhibition (also with local interest)    ...and Christmas is coming, see all below.
Please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101.  

An update on illegal activity in Norfolk….click here for a recent Police Connect message.

Norfolk County Council are currently conducting a budget consultation, to read all about it and have your say, click here.

Ken Munro is the news editor. Please let him know about village news and events via Contact Us on the main menu or on 07880801674.

A very worthwhile appeal for a local cause at no cost other than 5 minutes of your time, Henry Walker (and his team) need our help…. …….. 

‘As you may know I volunteer for Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue – a totally self-funded resource working alongside Norfolk Police to bring specialist skills in searching for high-risk missing people (missing children, dementia sufferers, despondent adults etc). As a team we are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We also operate a dog team and a water team (including flood first response rescue).

We’ve applied to the Aviva Community Fund for funding towards fitting out our new mobile control van. It’s really important that we have a resource we can quickly and easily deploy anywhere in our rural county, without having to rely on local police and fire stations to use as our temporary base during a search. Being on-scene, as close to the centre of the search area as possible, gives us a great advantage in getting feet deployed on the ground as quickly and efficiently as possible. The vehicle will carry our digital communication equipment, IT resources and some of our specialist search and medical kit, as well as providing a base for the appointed search manager to plan the teams search strategy.

You can really help us by signing up and voting for us here – http://bit.ly/vote-norlsar Please consider giving us all of your available 10 votes – it will all help us to make a positive difference in our community. If you’d like to learn more about Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue, I’d be happy to share more or you can visit http://www.norlsar.org.uk or https://facebook.com/norlsar”       Thanks very much for your help.

The DIARY – Click here

Time to get in the mood for Christmas…. 

An exhibition by the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists (including our very own resident member!) on now at Norwich Cathedral, details here.

World renowned Shotesham! On a recent visit to Washington DC, one (or probably two) of our neighbours visited the Air and Space Museum. ‘There was a V2 rocket on display and I was amazed by its size when confronted with the actual thing! What’s more the Shotesham one was on their map.’


The Shotesham Conservation Area consultation period has concluded and we await the outcome with interest, in the meantime all info can still be found at this link.

Talking of Conservation….. Village pond looking splendid (see below) after the efforts of our conservation gang, go along, have a seat and contemplate joining the group for our next project! details to follow. 

Courtesy of Lesley Munro

Walking Group Newsflash! Click here for info on a very simple way to increase fitness and improve your mental health…..OFFICIAL! Shotesham has a very active walking group where all are welcome, so why not come along, meet your fellow villagers (and dogs 🐶), and keep fit and have some fun! Or you can always walk the Common…..Thoughts of a frequent visitor…

A wonder around Poringland, Alpington & Yelverton, and the refurbished Gull was ideal for a sunny refreshment on 5th Nov, next walk is on Sunday 25th, see you there! 

SHOTESHAM SCREEN PRESENTS….another classic in November – The Olive Tree – not a dry eye in the house (well not in my seat anyway😢). Next up is the hugely audience successful The Greatest Showman (click here for review) on 7th December, tickets £5 from Raz on 550122 razwoollacott@gmail.com

WW1 Centenary Big Breakfast! Our event to mark the centenary of the ending of the First World War, click on the photo to see it as it happened. Many thanks to all who helped out at the breakfast, to those who attended and made their generous contributions towards a commemorative bench in the village, and especially to Laura & Raz who are leading and organising. The project is supported in principle by the PC and we’re over halfway to achieving the financial target of £1100, so if you couldn’t make it to the breakfast but would still like to make a contribution, donations can be passed to Raz, Ken or any of the SVA committee members. 

Wait for it….

On Sunday 2 December, a novel event to Shotesham – Sound Bath – a sounds and vibrations experience designed to create deep relaxation. Sound baths have been used for years to promote good health physically and mentally, and in general will leave you feeling more grounded and relaxed. To be followed by tea and cake. Click here for more info on Sound Baths.

Taking place at Trinity Hall from 2 – 4pm and costing  £12, but book early as places are limited. To book or for more information laurawoollacott@gmail.com 550122. Please bring comfortable clothing a blanket, cushion and mat. 

All Saints Bell Project. We are planning major improvements to the bells in All Saints church, latest update…    

1. Applied for grant from Shell
2. Provisional start date for work 3 December.
3. We asked for volunteers to help the bell hanger reducing cost by over £5,000. We will need 2 volunteers each work day over a period of, I think, about 3 or 4 weeks. So far I have 10 on my list.
4 Hope some funds will be raised providing teas at the nature event in September.
Thanks very much to SVA and all who have supported us. Click here for more information.

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here. And click here for details of and event for Carers organised by Carers Matter Norfolk.

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local policeman is PC 1200 Stu Sansbury who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, Stu can be contacted on;

• Direct Dial to Poringland PS: 01603 276207  

Local Police info – October Newsletter

News from Norfolk Police Commissioner – October 2018 

(Selected older news items are retained on the “News archive” page)